1st Cycle Academic Diploma
Authorized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research


  • Creation of original music projects with live and studio ensembles
  • Conducting practice
  • Live performance
  • Short films soundtracks creation
  • Total tuition hours per year: 982

The 3-year Composition Academic Course was born from an attentive fusion between traditional studies – such as counterpoint, harmony, orchestration – and an attentive look on the contemporaneous professional issues, in order to provide each student with all the necessary tools and skills to achieve his/her own music ideas with the most suited techniques. Each subject will be targeted to applied music: music for films, commercials, short movies, documentaries.

The student will also have the chance to develop his/her own composition knowledge with the support of music ensembles and with a deep look to the solutions offered by virtual instruments. The study of the different subjects (Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestration and Basic Techniques of Orchestra Leading, Hard Disk Recording, Virtual Instruments, etc.) will enhance the student to widen his/her own specific knowledge. The student will develop a whole professional preparation gradually, attaining the most complete realization of his/her composition ideas.
An important yearly meeting, and strong point of the Composition Academic Course is the one with the strings orchestra, with soloists (woodwinds) and percussionists who will perform the scores written by all the students, allowing a real perception of all that was written. A large impact didactic experience.

Qualification Validity

The 1st cycle academic diploma issued by Saint Louis is equally valid both in Italy and in Europe, as all qualifications issued by Italian and European Conservatories.
The Course is of EQF level 6 and enhances the student, upon termination, to access Master Level Courses (EQF 7) both in Italy and abroad. To better understand the EQF – European Qualification Framework – for the Italian Higher Education System please visit the website Quadro dei Titoli Italiani.
The Course is ECTS based. Every year is worth 60 ECTS credits, for a total of 180 ECTS credits. To better understand the ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – please visit the dedicated page on the European Commission website.


Breakthroughs and opportunities

At the end of the three-year Course, the graduated student will have the necessary skills and experience for his/her own artistic career.
He/she will be ready to practice the acquired profession as:

  • Original music composer
  • Applied music composer for films and images
  • Orchestrator for small and large players
  • Music producer in digital and mixed environments

Or he/she will have the chance to choose to continue his/her studies, attending the further two-year specialization course either in
Film & TV Scoring Composition
or in
Applied Music

Composition graduated Students willing to continue in specialization Courses of other Departments (ex. Songwriting, Jazz Performance, Electronic Music, etc.) will have to sit an Admission Test.